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From Paradise to the Geek Prom


We’re in flight between LAX and SAN. Let’s see how this WordPress for iPhone handles a local draft to be published once we’re on the ground.

So! We missed our connecting. I wondered if Orbitz was cutting it close with 90 minutes between flights, but as we waited for the shuttle at the main Northwest terminal, things seemed fine.

We had missed the previous shuttle by seconds and were told to relax and eat and be back at 7:30.

We were. But the shuttle showed up at 7:40. Our flight was departing at 8:15. Hmm.

The shuttle sped across the Tarmac, and we reached a small terminal in less than five minutes. Except this was just a shuttle terminal. We got in another line. One said “Continental.” The other said “Skywest.” Our ticket said United. But we were put on the Continental shuttle.

At 8:10 we were at the main Continental terminal, gate 67 or so. We needed to be at United’s terminal, gate 87.

Commence sprint.

Just as Jen was about to collapse, a cart wheeled by. We hopped on and were delivered right to the gate at 8:15.

The flight was closed. We had to catch the next one. Fortunately, that was in 45 minutes. I guess LAX-SAN routes run like buses. We caught our breath.

Jen got a little weepy over the kids, but it was too early to call. I did call the hotel, though, and got early check-in. I was thinking we’d wander Mission Valley this afternoon, but now I think our plan is to get at least a few winks. The fun starts tonight with Preview Night.

We’re on an EMB120 Brasilia, a small turboprop that carries maybe 30 people. We boarded from the tarmac, and it was like climbung into a little rowboat surrounded by ocean liners. I was a bit nervous, but, so far, so good.

The attendant on this flight polled foe Comic-Con attendees. Maybe half of us. I think two other couples also missed that first flight to SAN. We’ll have to leave more leeway on the return trip.




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More Waiting

Uneventful flight. We got seats next to the lavatories but survived. Tried to sleep most of the way with middling success. Saw the start of “Nim’s Island” and the end of “Run Fat Boy Run.” Came into LAX at sunrise. But there was a thick, unbroken carpet of clouds. Once through it, the infamous smog was everywhere.

Now on the shuttle to the American Eagle terminal. Reminds me of “Speed,” racing between planes like this.

Had breakfast at Burger King. $8 combo meal. The cashier saw our shock and deadpanned, “Welcome to LAX.”

Our next flight into SAN is on a small plane. I’m a bit nervous.


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